We are deep into the fall now and the cold weather is here. The leaves are falling and some of the trees are bare now. I love the fall trees, but I also love the haunting beauty that comes with a bare tree, especially against the night sky.
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We wanted to paint some night skies, but thought that bleeding tissue paper might be perfect for a our haunting scene.
We laid down some newspaper to work on and used a Sharpie to draw the bare trees onto a piece of watercolor paper. We tore up various shades of the bleeding tissue paper and filled up a squirt bottle with water. To prep the paper, we gently spritzed it with the water bottle. This will help the tissue paper stay in place while you place your tissue pieces.
My daughter and I both worked on our trees. We placed our different colored tissues all around our tree. I chose to fill up my whole scene to make a spooky night sky and my daughter opted to do the area around the top of the tree.
Once we placed all of our tissue pieces into place, the fun part came. We sprayed the tissue paper with water. Spray plenty of water. The more you spray, the more it runs.
My daughter shook her paper to dry. It made a bit of a mess, but the running color looked cool afterwards.
Let the tissue paper sit and dry. Once it is dry, remove the pieces of tissue.
They both came out very cool. I loved the look of both.
This would be a lovely idea to do through each season. Winter is just around the corner, I can’t wait to try our winter sky.
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